Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO)

An ongoing partnership with the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) and other organisations targeting to increase vaccination rates across Europe, to overcome vaccines hesitancy and to advocate universal immunity against all vaccines preventable diseases for all age groups. 

As part of the partnership, the 2nd LifeCourse Vaccinations Policy and Advocacy Group will take place in Vienna on Friday 8th December 2017. The ultimate goals of the Group is to increase vaccination rates across Europe and to advocate universal immunity against all vaccines preventable diseases for all age groups. The multi stakeholders meeting will discuss the latest policy changes across all European Countries, the latest surveillance data, the strategies to overcome vaccine hesitancy and the coordination of actions to take in 2018 between the various participating organisations. The meeting is part of a Europe-wide project that is tasked with ensuring that all age ranges, in all European states, eventually become vaccinated against preventable diseases through targeted, universal vaccination schedules. The initiative is clear that anyone is susceptible and therefore everyone should have the right to access prevention.

About the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO)

The Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO), is an international member organisation working to reduce the incidence and impact of meningitis and septicaemia worldwide. CoMO was founded in September 2004 at the World Conference of Meningitis Organisations when delegates from across the globe agreed to work together in the fight against meningitis. Bringing people together is an essential part of what we do. CoMO brings together patient groups, health professionals and organisations, meningitis survivors and families from more than 25 countries to help prevent meningitis worldwide. Our member organisations are charities that share the aims of raising awareness, educating, supporting families and advocating for the use of vaccines to prevent meningitis. We connect our members, providing resources to a strong global network so that they can share their experiences to strengthen one another and to deliver their objectives in the communities that they serve.

All year round we strive to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, how to prevent its occurrence by vaccination, and the devastating effects it can have on a person and their loved ones. World Meningitis Day on April 24 each year is one of our most important activities and when we and our members work to bring meningitis to the top of the agenda. There is much work to be done to ensure vaccines to prevent meningitis and septicaemia are freely available worldwide. CoMO advocates for these vaccines to be available and supports its members in their efforts to do the same. Along with World Meningitis Day, CoMO is involved in a number of other projects. Most recently we launched our Life Course Immunisation initiative.  This initiative aims to increase awareness of vaccine inequalities and the need for immunisation throughout life by working with vaccine advocates, other civil society organisations, healthcare professionals and policy makers. CoMO welcomes anyone from these sectors who has an interest in vaccines and vaccination across the life course from babyhood to healthy ageing to contact us at LCI@comomeningitis.org to discuss possible partnerships.

 

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